Ben & Anvil are a new Creative Post Production studio, based in Dublin. The studio launched in September 2015, offering Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and Animation services. Their first project was the award-winning The Story of Gin. This animation won the Audience Choice Award at the Dublin Animation Film Festival, which was held on the 17th October, 2015 at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. The Story of Gin was also chosen for the Official Selection for the October Monthly Film Festival and the Professional category of the Anim!Arte Festival.
The film was created in six weeks, and was created entirely in Adobe After Effects. The story covers Gin’s varied history and popularity throughout the decades and particularly its inclusion in cocktails and the cocktail era of the early 1950s. Simple, graphic shapes and palettes of rich colours were used to lend the retrospective feel that sums up gin’s character. Although it is an entirely digital animation, the line quality and paper texture convey a traditional hand drawn touch.
Ben & Anvil have also been nominated for a Silver A’Design Award in the Graphic and Visual Communications category, for their motion graphics project Swift Logistics. Only six A’Design Awards have ever been won by Irish designers. The A’Design Awards take place in Italy in early 2016.